Best of Boston

1988 Best Band, Up-and-Coming

The Zulus

They called themselves Wild Kingdom until Mutual of Omaha told them to change their name or face a lawsuit. They tried the Gospel Birds, but Patty LaBelle’s publishing company, the Gospel Birds, called and said that that name had been taken. Finally, they came up with the Zulus, and now, three years later, WFNX and WBCN are playing their frenzied, electric songs like “Never Again,” “Too Much,” and “Got It.”